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The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network: New Resources

An international peer network for policymakers engaged in implementing multidimensional poverty measures. Read the report: ‘Measuring Multidimensional Poverty: Insights from Around the World‘ using the Alkire Foster methodology and watch the videos of the network launch.

Poverty is often defined by one-dimensional measures, such as income. But no one indicator alone can capture the multiple aspects that constitute poverty.

elsalvadorA rapidly increasing number of policymakers around the world are working to establish multidimensional poverty measures. Many of them are using the Alkire Foster methodology and the related set of empirical techniques developed by OPHI.

These measures enable them to:

  • Allocate resources more effectively;
  • Improve policy design;
  • Identify interconnections among deprivations;
  • Monitor the effectiveness of policies over time;
  • Target poor people as beneficiaries of services or conditional cash transfers.

OPHI has published a brochure, ‘Measuring Multidimensional Poverty: Insights from Around the World‘, which features case studies on how the Alkire Foster method of measuring multidimensional poverty has been adapted and applied in Colombia, Mexico, Bhutan, China, El Salvador, Malaysia and Minas Gerais in Brazil, among others.

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network was formally launched in Oxford on 6-7 June 2013, by President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and high-level representatives from Mexico and around 20 other governments.

Watch videos and download the presentations given during the launch events

Read about the launch events of 6-7 June 2013

See an agenda of the launch events

See a list of international participants

The Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network, which is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), provides international support to policy makers engaged in or exploring the construction of multidimensional poverty measures, including input into the design of the measures, and the political processes and institutional arrangements that will sustain them.

Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2013

Key findings and analysis


Please visit the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative at The University of Oxford

Tags: measuring poverty, multidimensional poverty index, poverty, Oxford Poverty and Development Initiative
Published Aug. 6, 2013 1:44 PM